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Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder

Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder

Item: 442427    Model: V412121SU000

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  • 202 hours of recording time
  • Up to 80 hours of battery life
  • 2GB internal memory
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202 hours of recording timeUp to 80 hours of battery life2GB internal memoryEach202 hours of recording timeUp to 80 hours of battery life2GB internal memoryOlympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder35.99USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0487488_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0487488_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0487488/Olympus-DP-201-Digital-Voice-Recorder/product_442427
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Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (25)
  • Reliable (24)
  • Good audio (23)
  • Long battery life (12)

Cons

  • Picks up background noise (3)

Best Uses

  • Conversation piece (18)
  • Lectures (13)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Technically challenged (14), Tech savvy (10)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Quick Trigger Recorder

The DP-201 is simplicity where I need it most. Normally I'm into (a great fan of) cutting-edge multi-purpose smartphone/tablet gadgetry. But, when it comes to capturing interviews or fleeting ideas...Read complete review

The DP-201 is simplicity where I need it most. Normally I'm into (a great fan of) cutting-edge multi-purpose smartphone/tablet gadgetry. But, when it comes to capturing interviews or fleeting ideas and inspiration, I need the quick and simple. I need to record without hindrance, without touch screen fumbles and multi-steps, without the uncertainty that I'm actually recording.
I was attracted to the DP201 for exactly the same reason I'd reject most other gadgets... those three unmistakable function buttons, the ones that make it look like a toddler's toy. There's great satisfaction and reassurance in the feel of these buttons on my thumb, and in the ability to operate the recorder based on touch alone. It sits at the ready in my breast pocket, small and light, barely noticeable.

I have noticed other comments here about the inability to delete recordings. I also had a hard time figuring out how to do this. The instruction flier, though obviously made with simplicity in mind (step-by-step animations), is really quite confusing. And the icons that appear on the recorder's screen when trying to delete are equally confusing. For instance, the "X" icon that you can select and enter really means to cancel the erase command, when intuitively an "X" means to delete something (at least in my American mind). I would explain more here, but it'd be even more confusing. The steps to erase messages are quite simple, and should have been explained better in the manual.

Cons...
-- Inability to rename files.
-- Inability to transfer or share recordings.

These aren't cons for me, personally. I prefer less options with this tool. I use it mainly to capture what I say or who I interview, and transcribe directly from the device later.

VS

Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Confusing Erase Feature

I use digital recorders a lot. They're great at work to capture ideas on the fly. They're helpful bedside to verbally "jot down" that thought you want to capture. How...Read complete review

I use digital recorders a lot. They're great at work to capture ideas on the fly. They're helpful bedside to verbally "jot down" that thought you want to capture. How many times are you lying in bed and remember something you need to do, or get an idea, only to forget it by morning? It frees up your mind to not have to keep repeating that thought, knowing it's captured on your recorder. This recorder is easy to use for recording, but has a poor erase function. Not only is erase difficult, it's confusing regarding which message you're erasing. Erasing messages in the dark is impossible. For that reason, I wouldn't buy this again.

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5.0

voice recorder

By OLYMPUS DP 201 DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER

from Cincinnati, Ohio

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder:

wonderful customer service from the minute I walked into the store -I did not know what I wanted and the associate directed me to this voice recorder- it was simple to use and understand. It got the job done and am very happy with the product and the purpose for which I wanted it
And again VERY PLEASE WITH THE CUSTOMER SERVICE GIVEN ME

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5.0

Voice Recorder

By B. Duffy

from Montgomeryville, PA

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder:

Compact and lightweight. Very easy to use. Actually, it's a very good value
at that price.

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5.0

love this thing

By Elizabeth Kirk

from Baltimore

Verified Buyer

Comments about Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder:

Had a small unit like this for years (25 to be exact) and was afraid that I could not find another of similar quality. This unit appears to be better with more features... It is taking me a while to figure out some of the features, like the delete process whichis s omewhat complicated, but once I get it figured out, I am not going to be without it. As a senior, I truly use it as a "memory" minder, keep in in the car with me and in my purse or within reach most of the time. terrific

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5.0

Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder

By Jim

from Roanoke VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder:

This recorder worked great right out of the box. It picked up great sound and blocked out back ground noise. I am not using it for dictation so I can not comment on that . Am pleased with what I am using the recorder for.

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5.0

Recording on the Go!

By AJ

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Olympus DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder:

I was looking for an inexpensive portable audio tape recorder to replace my previous ones but they are no longer available (although I can still find blank audio cassettes for purchase at Rite Aid pharmacies.) A customer service telephone rep at Staples.com recommended the Olympus digital voice recorder, model DP-201 & spent time explaining its features . I was hesitant about buying a dvr but visited a Staples store and purchased one. I find this model easy to use and I like the fact that it uses 2 AAA batteries that can easily be replaced. I purchased it on 7/2/2014 and have bought several others since then as well. I also like the fact that it's small, light weight and (on SP recording speed) can hold over 200 hours .

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